Sometimes, I like a good lunch-complete with hot stew & a steaming bowl of rice…yesterday was one of those days!
Though, I’d hardly call this an authentic stew recipe, I’d recommend it to anyone who’s up for a simple meal-comfort food, made easy!
Olive Oil-1 tsp
Onion-1 medium sized, chopped.
Ginger-1”, finely chopped
Garlic-3 cloves, finely chopped
Dried Red Chili-one, tear into 2 parts
Green chili -1, finely slice
Red Chili powder-1/2 tsp ( or as req )
Madras Curry Powder-1-11/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds-1/2 tsp
Sweet potato-1 cup, 1” cubes with skin on.
Red Pumpkin-1 cup, 1” cubes
French Beans-1/2 cup, 1” bits
Carrot-1/2 cup, 1” cubes
Cauliflower-1 cup- 1” florets
Coconut Milk-200 ml
Water-200 ml (or as required)
Freshly grated coconut- ½ a cup
Lime-a squeeze or 2
Salt and Pepper-as your taste
This is what you do:
Because I’m on a low fat diet ( as ALWAYS ) I used only 1 tsp of oil in a heavy based saucepan. You could add more, if you need to. Once the oil heats, chuck in the cumin seeds, red dried chilies & curry leaves. After just a bit, add the ginger, garlic & red chilies. Put in the curry powder & red chili powder & stir-making sure nothing sticks to the base. You may want to sprinkle water to prevent it, several times, initially. Throw in the onions & let ‘em sweat but not burn. Then add the tougher vegetables, like the sweet potato, cauliflower, beans & carrot , stir to coat with the onion & spice mix. After a couple of minutes, toss in the pumpkin. Pour in the coconut milk & water, adding salt & plenty of freshly ground pepper. Mix well, turn gas on high & bring to boil. Simmer till all vegetables are tender but with a good bite. The curry should also thicken nicely by then. Be sure to taste & adjust salt & pepper to suit your taste! I’d give it around 15-20 minutes on simmer to low heat.
Just before you turn off the heat, squeeze in the lime & stir in coriander. Best served with a heap of steaming rice, pour the steaming stew in a bowl, topped with fresh cocoanut, coriander leaves & a wedge of lime!
Don’t forget to click a great (enhanced, of course )picture of the meal , ‘coz this is a dish you’d definitely want to brag about !